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The British Council has announced £14 million to support 17 new projects to protect heritage at risk, including heritage at risk from climate change.
The announcement was made at a meeting of the International Organization of National Funds (INTO) within the framework of the COP27 conference held in Sharm el-Sheikh, where participants will hold discussions under the theme of “Adaptation and Heritage Building and Resilience”. Cultural sites.”
The projects will be funded over two and a half years by the British Council’s Cultural Preservation Fund (CPF), a partnership between the British Council and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Among the funded projects, Megawra, an Egyptian NGO, will undertake the restoration and protection of two Islamic monuments in the historic city of Cairo, where high temperatures and excessive flooding are causing severe damage to buildings and infrastructure.
The International Organization of National Funds is leading a project involving six countries in the Middle East, North and East Africa region to restore each country’s important built heritage, raise awareness of the impact of climate change and build capacity through knowledge sharing and partnerships.
In addition, to build on research from the British Council’s Climate Dialogue programme, the Council and the University of Cambridge are funding two 12-month research fellowships on intercultural relations and climate action in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India. International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Bangladesh and American University in Cairo (AUC) in Egypt.
The funding will go to two early career scholars from the South who will undertake research fellowships in the UK at the University of Cambridge and will partner closely with the British Council (both in the UK and in their home countries) throughout the programme.
The British Council will offer CALE, a free online course during COP27, which aims to engage 10,000 teachers in Egypt and thousands around the world. More than 6,000 English teachers worldwide have completed the course, and more than 100,000 English teachers and learners have benefited from climate action resources and courses in language education in the past year.
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